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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Jay Payton Wins It

Well, I went to today's Padre game against the Rockies. It was the first weekday day game at Petco Park, so the local news was all over the potential traffic and parking issues as well as effects on Gaslamp businesses. From my experience traffic and parking weren't issues at all, but I didn't stick around after to see how the businesses were doing.

As for the game, it taught me there's something wrong with the Padre offense at Petco. The starting pitchers were awesome and made me look stupid. To quote myself from yesterday:

"Tomorrow's game pits sieves Shawn Estes and Brian Lawrence against each other..."

Oops.

Estes went 6, giving up 5 hits, a run, walked 6 and struck 6 out.
Lawrence went 7 1/3, surrendering 5 hits, a run, no walks and one strikeout.

This sucker went ten innings, with the soon to be overworked Otsuka (27 pitches) recording 4 strikeouts in 1 2/3 and Hoffman recording the win.

X. Nady was called up before the game and left five batters stranded, while Brian Giles grounded into two double plays and lined into another. Talk about bad days.

Of course, our hero Jay Payton came through in the ninth, winning it with a liner through a gap at second base with two strikes.

He went two for three, with two walks (.800 OBP), continuing his May hot streak into June.

The Padres are now 29-24 and in first pending tonight's Dodger game.

In other news, Jennie Finch and the U.S. Women's Olympic Softball team attended the game and sang a terrible seventh inning stretch.

Last week's author Victor will be in New York this week to witness the Belmont Stakes and a potential Triple Crown winner. I hope all of you are glued to your televisions to see the race and possibly history.
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